SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations. Every year we carry out several thousand projects for customers large and small. For more than 60 years, SINTEF has developed solutions and innovation for society and customers all over the world. This is how we have become a world-leading research institute. Our vision is Technology for a better society. We deliver innovation by developing knowledge and technologies that are brought into practical use. SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organisation with international top-level expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. We conduct contract R&D as a partner for the private and public sectors, and we are one of the largest contract research institutions in Europe. The work of SINTEF in syn.ikia will be undertaken in SINTEF Buildings and Infrastructure, in a department which is working on innovation and business models related to sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods. The department has about 65 employees, with a background ranging from building physics, materials experts, architects, LCC/LCA experts, geographers, economists and more.

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Terje Jacobsen

Vice President Research

Dr. Terje Jacobsen is Vice President Research at SINTEF Community. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and is the industry liaison in the Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities drawing on his expertise in energy use and thermal climate in buildings, use of solar energy in buildings, as well as energy conservation in buildings and management. Terje builds on a long career as a researcher in technologies and solutions for sustainable buildings that is increasingly complemented by a senior management role.

In syn.ikia, Terje Jacobsen represents SINTEF in the General Assembly.


Caroline Cheng

Research Scientist

Dr. Caroline Cheng works as a research scientist at SINTEF Community, and is also an adjunct Associate Professor at NTNU Business School at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Caroline holds a PhD in Industrial Economics and Technology Management (Strategy) and has previously worked in managerial positions in business development and strategic marketing in Singapore and Hong Kong. Caroline is involved in the Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities and in strategy consulting projects for firms in the built environment.

In syn.ikia, Caroline is the Task Leader for WP6 and is in charge of the daily operations of the project.


Ann Kristin Kvellheim

Senior Advisor and Researcher

Dr. Ann Kristin Kvellheim works as a senior advisor at SINTEF Community and she holds a PhD in Technology Management. Ann Kristin is involved in a number of projects with common denominators in innovation, policy measures and business development, including the Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities.


In syn.ikia, Ann Kristin is the Work Package Leader of WP6 and thereby also a member of the Executive Board. In WP6, innovation management, exploitation, market uptake, financing and business models are the core themes. It is important to support all partners in developing syn.ikia innovations while protecting intellectual property rights. Entering a new market and developing and implementing innovative business models calls for knowledge and tools that allow for doing this at the lowest possible risk. Commercialisation of innovations by assisting partners in developing business cases to potential investors is also a task under this work package. The syn.ikia project will contribute to a market uptake of plus energy houses of 10% within 2030, and a market strategy will be developed to outline how to get there.


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